Opposition leader Tzipi Livni
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni Photo by Yanai Yehiel
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The leader of Israel's government opposition, MK Tzipi Livni, has been named one of the 150 "women who shake the world" by Newsweek and The Daily Beast.

Livni was one of three Israeli women honored on the occasion of International Women's Day.

Noting that Livni is the first women to hold the role of opposition leader in Israel, the magazines describe her as "leading advocate of a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

"Sometimes referred to as 'Mrs. Clean', she has a reputation for an unusual level of integrity and honesty," write the magazines.

Terry Greenblatt, a feminist peace activist, and Rula Jebreal, a writer and the daughter of a Palestinian groundskeeper at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, were also named as two of the most influential women in the world.

Greenblatt was lauded for her role as executive director of Gush Shalom, a feminist peace organization composed of Israeli and Palestinian women, as cofounder of the Kol Ha-Isha peace center in Jerusalem, as founding activist in residence for the Global Fund for Women, and for her executive position of the Urgent Action Fund for Women's Rights.

Jebreal, an East Jerusalem-born journalist, was honored for authoring a book on her experiences as a Palestinian teenager during the Intifada. That story, Newsweek quotes her as saying, "is an homage to young girls living with war".

Other women honored on the list include Queen Rania of Jordan, Burmese opposition figure Aung San Suu Kyi, French-Colombian politician and former hostage Ingrid Betancourt, first female U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Jewish-American photographer Annie Leibowitz, and U.S. media mogul Oprah Winfrey.